Full Throttle by T.C. Archer
Genre - Suspense Romance
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Heat: 3 handcuffs - Blush worthy.
This was a light read. It is set in the NASCAR racing world, and although I have only seen a few races on TV, the book never felt too technical. The races rather sucked me in and made my adrenaline pump. One of the main characters in this story is Gail “Jimmy” James, the first female head mechanic for Howards Motors and in NASCAR. She is very well qualified with a lot of good ideas, but when strange things start to happen, people around her start to question her experience. Then a threatening note appears in Jimmy´s locked tool box, the team realizes that it wasn´t about rookie mistakes, but that they have a saboteur among them.
I thought that Gail and Rex were interesting characters, both strong and independent but not without faults. One of Gail´s biggest problems is that she tends to punch first and ask later, especially with Rex. The mystery and the racing was a bigger part of the story than the romance, but I thought that the mystery part was really good and kept me guessing to the end. The story did get a bit confusing in the last half, and the romance bit felt a bit rushed and on the side.
The few sex scenes in this books didn´t do it for me, mostly due to the wording. I agree that you might want to use a few euphemisms, but in this book it felt like the author came up with as many euphemisms as possible to avoid naming any body parts by their real names. As a whole I liked this story and I think everyone can enjoy it, NASCAR fans or not.
Romance - Novella
TBR Reviewer: Shyla
This short left me wanting more… in a good way. The universe TC Archer dropped me into was so much bigger than the brief glimpse I was given. Winter in Paradise was thirty-six pages of, adventure, romance, passion and sci-fi. All swirled into a short that had me wanting to skim forward. No, really. I had to stop myself from skipping ahead to see how the story ended. That’s not something that happens to me every day.
Stationed on a unforgiving planet, Kelly and Grayson are willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice to save their planet. As they wait for the right moment to unfurl their plan, they find love and passion. I found the description of the barren wasteland Kelly, and Grayson, were stationed on to be realistic, and captivating. The history of their planet and its ruthless alien enemy intrigued me.
The sex was well written and steamy but the real intensity came from not knowing if this would be our couples last tryst. The desperation that comes from having your life in peril.
If you’re looking for a quick read that steps outside of the norm Winter In Paradise is the one for you.
“Byron, you’re scaring me.”
His furs still hung by the exit, but… Her blood chilled. His enviro-suit was gone. Heart pounding, Kelly leaned forward and looked to the far left. Half hidden from view, a smaller storage cabinet sat beside a large locker. The small locker was open and the quantum disruptor that had been stored there was gone. She couldn’t mistake the message behind the disruptor’s open case. That was like him. No note, no good-byes, just an open door that stated I’ve taken matters into my own hands.
Anger replaced fear. The fool had disobeyed orders. Her orders. They were officers in the Provisional Army and she was the senior officer on this mission—senior by four months, but senior nonetheless—and she had ordered him to stay put. Worse yet, he’d promised. He’d promised!
She dropped the fur and rushed to Biometrics, located in the right hand corner of the cave. The readout indicated his suit had been gone for four hours and had dropped off telemetry link two hours ago. The computer had extrapolated how much power his suit would have used during the last two hours based on the weather conditions outside and subtracted that from how much remained when he lost contact. A red 0% flashed on the monitor.
Kelly blinked away hot tears and glanced at the furs just inside the tunnel leading to the exit. Two sets hung on the wall. An enviro-suit would maintain his core temperature for ten hours when wearing the furs, but he’d worn only the suit. She turned and batted the weather monitor around to face her. Green numbers glared bright against the black monitor that showed the outside temp the same today as it had been yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that: sixty below zero.
Her heart constricted. By now, his suit would be drained of all power. She couldn’t imagine the powerful body that had ridden her into a delirious frenzy night after night lying frozen and alone in the ice somewhere. How would she live without ever feeling his touch again, the flutter that always began in her stomach when he looked at her, the feeling in that moment when his cock invaded her? What would she do without him?
Damn him and the ridiculous honor that compelled him to forego his furs in hopes the enemy would detect his body heat and not search for smaller heat signatures like that of the shielded station…and her. Was this proof why lovers shouldn’t be stationed together? No, the most glorious part of love was undeniable devotion.
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